The Gunnery, a private school in Washington, recently held a winter celebration and welcomed a record number of Washingtonians to help honor Sheila Anson.

The party was held in Virginia Hamilton Solley Hall, which was decorated for the occasion.

In recent years, the school has established a tradition of honoring people of Washington who have contributed to the well-being of the town through their volunteer efforts with a Friend of the Green Award.

Anson, Washington’s town clerk and vice chairwoman of the Parks and Recreation Commission, was presented the award.

Anson is also known for being a keeper of the legacies, a volunteer, town hostess and supportive friend to myriad town institutions, newcomers and longstanding citizens.

Peter Becker, head of school, welcomed the guests, acknowledging with gratitude the interdependence of Washington and The Gunnery.

He then introduced Anson, who is a descendant of John Gunn, brother of Fredrick Gunn, and the daughter of Gunnery graduate Harold Anson.

Her brother, Jim Anson, also graduated from the school.

Becker spoke of Anson’s family’s many years of service to the town and the school, including her aunt and great aunts, as predecessors in the town clerk’s office.